Yay!!! I’m joining a new reading challenge. 🙂
First of all, it’s not summer in the Philippines anymore, but that’s not what matters. What matters is I finish 20 books until September 1st. I’m actually late for this challenge because it’s already on its 19th day. But hopefully, I can catch up. 🙂
I saw this challenge at Corina’s site, The Brown Eyed BookWorm but it is created and hosted by Cathy from 746 Books. The host is very flexible when it comes to the rules of the challenge, which means I can change my TBR whenever I want and I can lower my goal to 15 or even 10. She even made graphics for those who aims for 10 and 15 books. How awesome is that? And if you want to know more about this challenge, you can check out THIS POST.
Okay, now for the twenty books I’m planning to read for this challenge…
1.) You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
This book features a black queer girl who is set to attend an elite college but her plans crashes down when the financial aid she was counting on falls through. Then she’s reminded of her school’s scholarship for prom king and queen. And she’s willing to do everything to get into the college she wants. Enters the new girl in school, Mack, who is smart, funny, and just as much of an outsider as Liz. Worse, Mack is also in the running for queen. Liz finds herself wondering if falling for the competition can also make her dreams come true.
2.) Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
Felix is never been in love but he really wants to know what it’s like and why it seems so easy for everyone but him to find someone. What’s worse is that, even though he is proud of his identity, Felix also secretly fears that he’s one marginalization too many—Black, queer, and transgender—to ever get his own happily-ever-after. Until he found himself in a quasi-love triangle after his revenge to someone sending him transphobic messages and posting his images before his transition. As he navigates his complicated feelings, Felix begins a journey of questioning and self-discovery that helps redefine his most important relationship: how he feels about himself.
3.) A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown
For Malik, the Solstasia festival is a chance to escape his war-stricken home and start a new life. But when a vengeful spirit abducts Malik’s younger sister, Nadia, he strikes a fatal deal—kill Karina, Crown Princess of Ziran, for Nadia’s freedom. But Karina has deadly aspirations of her own. Her mother has been assassinated; her court threatens mutiny; and Solstasia looms like a knife over her neck. Karina decides to resurrect her mother through ancient magic requiring the beating heart of a king which she can have by offering her hand in marriage to the victor of the Solstasia competition. When Malik rigs his way into the contest, they are set on a course to destroy each other. But as attraction flares between them and ancient evils stir, will they be able to see their tasks to the death?
4.) Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens.
5.) Circe by Madeline Miller
In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she possess the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves. Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, But there is danger for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.
6.) Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert
Danika Brown knows what she wants: professional success, academic renown, and an occasional roll in the hay to relieve all that career-driven tension. Romance? No. But when brooding security guard Zafir Ansari rescues her from a workplace fire drill gone wrong, she takes it a sign that they should sleep together. And when a video of the heroic rescue gone viral, Dani and Zaf end up faking a relationship benefiting them both. The problem is grumpy Zaf’s secretly a hopeless romantic and he’s determined to corrupt Dani’s stone-cold realism. Before long, he’s tackling her fears into the dirt and Dani’s wish totally backfired.
7.) Beach Read by Emily Henry
Beach Read is a newly-published contemporary romance about two authors, January and Augustus, who are polar opposites as writers. She is a romance writer and he is a literary writer. She writes happy ending, he kills his characters. But for the next three months, they’re living in neighboring beach houses and both are suffering with writer’s block. And for some reasons, they ended up helping each other in some ways.
8.) The Switch by Beth O’Leary
The Switch features two women, different age and different lives. Leena is tired of life in her twenties and her grandmother, Eileen is sick of being 79 and is looking for love. When Leena is ordered to take a two-month sabbatical after blowing a big presentation at work, she escapes to Eileen’s house. And that’s when she proposed the die that they swap lives, not in a magical way but just Eileen can live in Leena’s place in London and Leena can take care of everything in Eileen’s small town. The two women will learn a great deal about life and love.
9.) Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston
Rosie Thorne is feeling stuck in life and she’s stuck in her grief over her mother’s death. Her only solace was her late mother’s library of rare Starfield novels, but even that disappeared when they sold it to pay off hospital bills. On the other hand, Vance Reigns is a Hollywood royalty but due to a tabloid scandal, he’s forced to hide out somewhere the paparazzi would never expect to find him. When Rosie and Vance’s paths collide, she’s forced to work alongside him. But Rosie discovered that Vance is a jerk and she can’t stand him. The feeling is mutual. But as Vance and Rosie begrudgingly get to know each other, their careful masks come off—and they may just find that there’s more risk in shutting each other out than in opening their hearts.
10.) Burn by Patrick Ness
In 1956 Sarah Dewhurst’s father shocks her by hiring a dragon to work the farm. When the blue dragon, Kazimir, unexpectedly saves Sarah and her friend Jason Inagawa from the attentions of the racist police deputy, Kelby, everything changes. Sarah is part of a prophecy and she must escape the clutches of Malcolm, an assassin from a Believer Cell, the dragon-worshiping cult. When Sarah, Malcolm, and Kazimir eventually converge, they are thrown into another universe, where dragons seem never to have existed. Can they save this world and the one they left?
11.) The Damned by Renee Ahdieh
Sébastien Saint Germain is now cursed and forever changed. The treaty between the Fallen and the Brotherhood has been broken, and war between the immortals seems imminent. The price of loving Celine was costly. But Celine has also paid a high price for loving Bastien. And she doesn’t know she has inadvertently set into motion a chain of events that could lead to her demise and unveil a truth about herself she’s not quite ready to learn. Forces hiding in the shadows have been patiently waiting for this moment for centuries. And just as Bastien and Celine begin to uncover the danger around them, they learn their love could tear them apart.
12.) Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim
Maia Tamarin’s journey to sew the dresses of the sun, the moon and the stars has taken a grievous toll. She returns to a kingdom on the brink of war. The boy she loves is gone, and she is forced to don the dress of the sun and assume the place of the emperor’s bride-to-be to keep the peace. But the war raging around Maia is nothing compared to the battle within. Ever since she was touched by the demon Bandur, she has been changing . . . glancing in the mirror to see her own eyes glowing red, losing control of her magic, her body, her mind. It’s only a matter of time before Maia loses herself completely, but she will stop at nothing to find Edan, protect her family, and bring lasting peace to her country.
13.) Daring and the Duke by Sarah MacLean
Grace has spent a lifetime running from her past. Betrayed as a child by her only love and raised on the streets, she now hides in plain sight as queen of London’s darkest corners. Grace has a sharp mind and a powerful right hook and has never met an enemy she could not best…until the man she once loved returns. Ewan, Duke of Marwick, has spent a decade searching for the woman he never stopped loving and he will go to any lengths to win Grace back. Reconciliation is the last thing Grace desires. Unable to forgive the past, she vows to take her revenge. But revenge requires keeping Ewan close, and soon her enemy seems to be something she can’t resist.
14.) Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles
In a city covered in ice and ruin, a group of magicians face off in a daring game of magical feats to find the next headliner of the Conquering Circus, only to find themselves under the threat of an unseen danger striking behind the scenes. As each act becomes more and more risky and the number of missing magicians piles up, three are forced to reckon with their secrets before the darkness comes for them next.
Where Dreams Descend is the startling and romantic first book in Janella Angeles’ debut Kingdom of Cards fantasy duology where magic is both celebrated and feared, and no heart is left unscathed.
15.) Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power. Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.
16.) Dear Aaron by Mariana Zapata
Ruby Santos knew exactly what she was getting herself into when she signed up to write a soldier overseas. The guidelines were simple: one letter or email a week for the length of his or her deployment. Care packages were optional. Been there, done that. She thought she knew what to expect. What she didn’t count on was falling in love with the guy.
17.) City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspecters, a ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. Her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one. When The Inspecters head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. There, Cass is surrounded by ghosts. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself.
18.) The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez
Two years after losing her fiancé, Sloan Monroe still can’t seem to get her life back on track. But one trouble-making pup with a “take me home” look in his eyes is about to change everything. Then, after weeks of unanswered texts, Tucker’s owner reaches out and he wants Tucker back. Sloan’s not about to give up her dog without a fight. But what if this Jason guy really loves Tucker? As their flirty texts turn into long calls, Sloan can’t deny a connection. Jason is hot and nice and funny. There’s no telling what could happen when they meet in person. The question is: With his music career on the rise, how long will Jason really stick around? And is it possible for Sloan to survive another heartbreak?
19.) The Gold-Son by Carrie Anne Noble
All sixteen-year-old Tommin wants is to make beautiful shoes and care for his beloved granny, but his insatiable need to steal threatens to destroy everything. Driven by a curse that demands more and more gold, he’s sure to get caught eventually. When mysterious Lorcan Reilly arrives in town with his “niece,” Eve, Tommin believes the fellow wants to help him. Instead, Lorcan whisks him off to the underground realm of the Leprechauns, As Lorcan’s plans for his “gold-children” are slowly revealed, Tommin and Eve plan their escape. But with Tommin’s humanity slipping away, the fate-crossed pair has everything to lose unless they can find a way to outsmart a magical curse centuries in the making.
20.) Incendiary by Zoraida Cordova
Renata was only a child when she was kidnapped by the King’s Justice and brought to the luxurious palace of Andalucia. As one of the rarest and most feared of the magical Moria, her ability to steal memories from royal enemies enabled the King’s Wrath. Now Renata is one of the Whispers, rebel spies working against the crown and helping the remaining Moria escape the kingdom bent on their destruction. The Whispers may have rescued Renata from the palace years ago, but she cannot escape their mistrust and hatred–or the overpowering memories of the hundreds of souls she turned “hollow” during her time in the palace.
There you have it, Blisses. Wish me luck on this challenge. I’ll be posting an update every month on how I am doing, which means I’ll share not only y progress but also if I’m going to change my TBR, or if I have a DNF, or whatever. 😀 😀
Are you familiar with this challenge? Are you joining? Have you read the books in my TBR? Let’s chat.
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